'Baba Banda Singh met unparalleled injustice by researchers'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Mar 04, 2015 00:06 IST

The department of encyclopedia of Sikhism of Punjabi University organised the Colonel Harpartap Singh Dhillon memorial lecture to commemorate Baba Banda Singh Bahadur's tri-centenary of martyrdom on Tuesday.

Presiding over the lecture, vice chancellor Jaspal Singh said Banda Singh Bahadur's uncanny vision, military skills and indefinable association with the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, remain largely unexplored.

"Nobody in the world has been as misunderstood and misconstrued as the most gallant warrior as Baba Banda Singh Bahadur," the VC said.

He added that Baba Banda Singh Bahadur's courage to address Aurangzeb as a fake Muslim and challenging him for war when the latter didn't stop from committing atrocities on common man remained peerless.

Quoting from Guru Gobind Singh's 'Zafarnama', the VC said his war was not against any person, religion or any community but aimed at to end the tyrannical rule of the Mughal Emperor.

He called upon the researchers to trace the deeper layers linked with the life and valour of Banda Singh Bahadur.

Amarjit Singh, the chairman of the Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Chair, Kurukshetra University, said he had met 'unparalleled injustice' by researchers and historians, irrespective of their religion or skill.

He focused his lecture on unrivaled, yet most erroneously portrayed martyrdom of Banda Singh Bahadur and his most significant role in establishing the first sovereign state of Khalsa.

"The most potential threat he was, both to the Mughals and the British, can be imagined that they had to employ big battalions of army against the tiny forces of the Baba," he added.

He invited the historians to help their organisation in finding out the realities related to the life of Baba Banda Singh.

Dean colleges Kulbir Singh Dhillon, Dean, Paramvir Singh, HoD of the department and Jodh Singh also spoke on the occasion.

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